Consider my 1968 BSA Victor Special, which I decided also needed to be serviced that afternoon. Now, for those of you that aren’t familiar with the Victor, it’s a 441cc Enduro bike that was loosely based on BSA’s world-beating motocross bikes of the early 60’s. Mine is a decent-looking rider that was given a fairly full restoration about a year ago. To start the bike, you first pull in the clutch, place the bike in second gear and rock it back and forth a half dozen times to free up the clutch plates. Next, you unfold the kick-starter and gingerly press down on it until it engages the kick-start gear. Once the starter gears are meshed, you pull in the compression release, and kick the bike through maybe five or six times to get everything moving. The next step is to find top dead center, and then use the compression release to relieve compression so you can just rock the piston over the TDC. This provides an additional 270 degrees of crankshaft rotation before the piston comes back to the ignition point, which greatly improves your chances of starting the bugger. If you don’t follow this procedure, the engine will likely backfire the first time you kick it, which will have a detrimental effect on the bike’s ability to start, the integrity of the kick-start gears, and your ankle bones.